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NUM wages war with Nkomati mine

19 July 2012

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has this week declared a dispute with Nkomati mine, a joint venture between African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and Norslik. The dispute centres around Nkomati‘s refusal to bargain citing that they await the approval of a budget.

“It just cannot be true that they await a budget. We have been negotiating with them for a number of years between April and September and the issue of budget approval has never emerged” says William Mabapa, the NUM ‘s Regional Secretary in North East.

The dispute has formally been referred to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

“We are taking them on and we are disappointed that wherever African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) is involved, we first have to go on a strike before our issues get resolved. We went on a strike at Modikwa mine for four months before we received attention and now again we must go on strike to resolve these” says Mabapa.

Nkomati mine is situated in Machadodorp in Mpumalanga and produces nickel.

The National Union of Mineworkers appeals to both ARM and Norslik to come to the party before it is too late.

“We won’t hesitate taking them onto a strike if they continue to be arrogant. Nkomati management is actually the most highly paid with mine managers earning between R182 453 and R203 505 per month whilst the poor workers starve and are not allowed to bargain” says Mabapa.

William Mabapa- (NUM Regional Secretary in North East)- 082 880 4439
Lesiba Seshoka- (NUM National Spokesman)- 082 803 6719

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